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Latest Additions:
• “Klondike Creative Class,” Maisonneuve (Winter, 2013). The gold rush is long gone, but a new generation of artists is stoking the myth of the Yukon
• “Me, the Misfits and the Mine,” Up Here (October/November, 2013). Like my co-workers in Elsa, I chose the Yukon for a fresh start. But after four months underground, I saw my life in a different light
• “In the Yukon’s Stormy Embrace,” Up Here (October/November, 2012). My canoe trip on the Snake River had a wild ending, but my love for the Yukon remained unshakeable
• “It’s My Funeral,” Hazlitt (December 11, 2012). The way we honour, mourn and celebrate a life in a secular age
• “The Word Prostitute,” Hazlitt (November 9, 2012). Why the push to replace ‘prostitute’ with ‘sex worker’ obscures the real issues

Arts and Culture:
• “Klondike Creative Class,” Maisonneuve (Winter, 2013). What’s the Klondike like more than a century after the Gold Rush? Like Leonard Cohen’s Greece, according to one filmmaker who lives there. How the coolest town in Canada created a thriving arts community
• “Face the Music,” Maisonneuve (Spring, 2012). How can someone who passionately loves music also be a terrible singer? Tim Falconer takes up voice lessons—and discovers the surprising science of tone deafness
• “Boys Don’t Try,” This Magazine (March-April, 2005). I tell the story of the book that changed my life in this essay about why many men don’t read fiction

Cities:
• “Dawson City: Big city problems in a small northern town,” Spacing (August 15, 2012). What to do with unused (and underused) heritage buildings in the Klondike
• “Could you plan this city’s transit? A transportation quiz,” OpenFile (Feb. 6, 2012). Are you smarter than the politicians on Toronto city council? Take this quiz to find out how much you know about transportation planning. Answers here: ”Could you plan this city’s transit? An answer key
• “Vengeance is Ford’s,” All Fired Up in the Big Smoke (July 17, 2011). A look at how getting even is more important than good policy for Toronto mayor Rob Ford
• “If Toronto’s Mayors were Maple Leafs.” This first appeared as a guest post on All Fired Up in the Big Smoke (Sept. 9, 2010) during the municipal election. I updated it the following June after we’d all seen Rob Ford in office
• “Pedestrians left out of the transportation mix,” OpenFile (Dec. 31, 2010)
• “Autoholics,” This Magazine (March-April, 2009). A 12-step program for breaking our addiction to cars
• “How the politics of parking can defile a city,” The Toronto Star (May 11, 2008). An excerpt from Drive: A Road Trip through Our Complicated Affair with the Automobile

People:
• “In a Different Light,” What’s Up Yukon (May 24, 2012). A profile of Austrian filmmaker Andreas Horvath
• “The King of Stanley Street,” McGill News (Fall, 1987). I reminisce about Luigi Scarpini, who was a seigneurial bohemian, a genuine Montreal character and my friend
• “If Ever a Wiz there Woz,” InfoAge (June, 1984). At the beginning of my career, I was lucky enough to interview Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

Science:
• Face the Music,” Maisonneuve (Spring, 2012). How can someone who passionately loves music also be a terrible singer? Tim Falconer takes up voice lessons—and discovers the surprising science of tone deafness

Society:
• “It’s My Funeral,” Hazlitt (December 11, 2012). The way we honour, mourn and celebrate a life in a secular age
• “The Word Prostitute,” Hazlitt (November 9, 2012). Why the push to replace ‘prostitute’ with ‘sex worker’ obscures the real issues
• “ No city for middle-aged men,” Toronto Standard (Aug. 17, 2011). In Toronto, generations don’t mingle. Is there a place for concertgoers beyond their 30s?
• “A tale of two lost tickets, a cold night and a special birthday gift,” OpenFile (Dec. 8, 2010). What happened after I found two Arkells tickets on the street
• “Fix the health care system and end suffering–Legalize Suicide,” This Magazine (Nov.-Dec., 2009). Dying is the one thing that unites us all, yet we do it so badly. Allow us to die on our own terms. A call to legalize physician-assisted suicide
• “Call of the Open Road,” The Globe and Mail (September 6, 1999). Tiger Stadium was the excuse: Four guys take to the highway to reprise adventures from younger, giddier days

The Yukon:
• “Klondike Creative Class,” Maisonneuve (Winter, 2013). The gold rush is long gone, but a new generation of artists is stoking the myth of the Yukon
• “Me, the Misfits and the Mine,” Up Here (October/November, 2013). Like my co-workers in Elsa, I chose the Yukon for a fresh start. But after four months underground, I saw my life in a different light
• “In the Yukon’s Stormy Embrace,” Up Here (October/November, 2012). My canoe trip on the Snake River had a wild ending, but my love for the Yukon remained unshakeable
* “That Summer in Elsa,” What’s Up Yukon (August 30, 2012). A memoir of the summer of ’79, when I worked in a Northern mine
• “Dawson City–Big city problems in a small northern town,” Spacing blog (August 15, 2012). What to do with unused (and underused) heritage buildings in the Klondike
• “360 Degrees of Majesty,” The Toronto Star (July 1, 2012). The views from Dawson City’s Midnight Dome
• “In a Different Light,” What’s Up Yukon (May 24, 2012). A profile of Austrian filmmaker Andreas Horvath

 

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